An Acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols, FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates with the following traits:
Water and gas build-up can cause bloating, cramps, diarrhea and constipation. By reducing FODMAPs, these digestive symptoms can be minimized in some people.
This brief video created by the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University will help you understand the effect FODMAPs can have on your body and how the Low FODMAP diet may help reduce digestive discomfort.
Source: Dept. of Gastroenterology, Monash University
The Low FODMAP diet is an elimination diet that helps you discover foods you may want to avoid. Medical direction is important to ensure serious health issues aren't overlooked. Upon physician or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) approval, start by eliminating foods high in FODMAPs from your diet. After the elimination phase, reintroduce FODMAPs one at a time to distinguish individual FODMAP triggers related to your symptoms.
*This list is not all inclusive.